English 102

Topics in the English Language: The Structure of the English Language

Section Semester Instructor Time Location Course Areas
1 Spring 2014 Hanson, Kristin
TTh 11-12:30 106 Wheeler

Book List

Herbst, T.: English Linguistics: A Coursebook for Students of English;

Recommended: Pinker, S.: The Language Instinct


This course will be an introduction to linguistic study of modern English.  We will explore English phonology (sound structure), morphology (word structure), syntax (sentence structure), and semantics (linguistic meaning), as well as some aspects of pragmatics (contextual meaning) and usage.  The focus will be on standard American English, but consideration will also be given to other varieties of English throughout the world and to comparison of English with other languages.  No previous background in linguistics is required.  This course is recommended as preparation for English 101 and 179. 

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